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Former CM fined $72.5K

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:39 am, Thu Aug 8, 2013.

Last Thursday the Campaign Finance Board determined that Eric Gioia committed violations amounting to $72,402 in fines during his 2009 run for public advocate.

Gioia, who once occupied Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s (D-Sunnyside) seat, allegedly broke the law in 15 different ways. At the top of the list is a nearly $30,000 violation for spending more than the $3.8 million cap at the time for those running for public advocate and about $13,000 for accepting 47 different contributions higher than the city’s $4,950 universal limit.

Gioia’s lawyer Mark Sattinger classifies the fines as “highly technical,” adding they were committed unknowingly because of a change in regulation.

“The campaign’s expenditure limit violation was wholly the result of a change in the law, which the Campaign Finance Board applied retroactively and without notice,” Sattinger said in an email. “These were unintentional violations and quickly rectified, and therefore the penalties assessed by the CFB are disproportionate and unfortunate.”

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